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Tuesday, 19 November 1974
Page: 2469

Senator WITHERS (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -I ask the Leader of the Government in the Senate: In view of the written instructions that the Prime Minister has directed to the Prices Justification Tribunal during the past 2 years and now the Government's action to preclude the Prices Justification Tribunal from considering an application by Ampol for an increase in the price of crude oil, could the Leader of the Government in the Senate advise just how independent is the Prices Justification Tribunal? Is Mr Justice Williams a servant of the Labor Government and its Leader and head of a tribunal which is not capable of acting, or allowed to act, independently?

Senator MURPHY -The Tribunal, of course, will act according to law and act with the proper independence, impartiality and integrity which one expects. No one, except now 2 members of the Opposition, is prepared to cast doubt upon the integrity, impartiality and independence of those who occupy judicial office in Australia

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